How do you feel about the DC Sniper and his lovely wife being such staunch members of the religion of peace?
Nafeesa Syeed - D.C. Sniper's Wife Tells All
By Nafeesa Syeed ASSOCIATED PRESS
As the ex-wife of the notorious D.C. sniper reflected during a 30-day fast five years ago, one question tormented her - why did he want to kill her?
Mildred Muhammad wrote about that isolation and torment for years in her journals. She began when her ex-husband, John Allen Muhammad, took their three young children from her nearly a decade ago. She continued when he was convicted of the 2002 sniper attacks in the Washington area and still jots down her emotions as her ex-husband awaits his scheduled Nov. 10 execution.
"The paper don't talk back," the 49-year-old told the Associated Press in a recent interview. "It just lets you write down your thoughts, and you're able to express anger, shame and guilt."
They were all emotions that Ms. Muhammad had to purge during that 30-day fast in July 2004, just as her ex-husband's second trial was beginning. She had to understand everything she poured into the journals so she could finally move on.
Those journals became the genesis for her new memoir, "Scared Silent: When the One You Love ... Becomes the One You Fear," due out Oct. 13 from Simon & Schuster imprint Strebor Books International, based in Largo, Md.
In her narrative, Ms. Muhammad documents her ex-husband's dismissive retorts: "I don't mind because you don't matter," she writes. At one point, he told her: "You have become my enemy and as my enemy, I will kill you."
With the book, she has emerged as a survivor who's taken her fight as an anti-domestic abuse advocate public. Even with her ex-husband's death imminent, she still carries the protective order against him as a reminder of her freedom.
Ms. Muhammad, who now lives in Prince George's County, maintains she was the target when her abusive ex-husband and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, killed 10 people in Maryland, Virginia and Washington. After their 12-year marriage fell apart in 2000, he secretly took the children to the Caribbean.
"I have come home many times and seen her in a fetal position, not knowing where her children are," said Maisha Moses, Ms. Muhammad's older sister, who took Ms. Muhammad in at her suburban Maryland home after the children were taken.
During the 18 months the children spent with their father in Antigua, Ms. Muhammad stayed in a shelter for a time and struggled financially. A Tacoma, Wash., court eventually granted her custody of the children in 2001.
Ms. Muhammad said her ex-husband threatened to kill her and she lived in constant fear that he was after her, until he was caught and convicted. Muhammad was sentenced to death for shooting and killing Dean Meyers at a Manassas gas station during the three-week killing spree.
Her Muslim faith anchored her, and as she cleansed herself by fasting, she was able to forgive her ex-husband, forgive herself and move forward.
"I was declaring my independence," Ms. Muhammad said. "I was not going to allow him to have that kind of power over me."
Ms. Muhammad played a similar role for her children. First, she painstakingly rebuilt her relationship with them after their stay with their father, fighting their sense of abandonment and the notion she didn't love them.
The family tried counseling, but she said it turned out the counselors wanted to write a book about her family's high-profile case. She then got counseling books from a library, and served as her children's informal therapist.
Her eldest, John, is now a 19-year-old student at Louisiana Tech University. Her daughters, Salena, 17, and Taalibah, 16, attend a performing arts school where they sing opera. Ms. Muhammad now laughs at how her children beg her to stop studying their every smile and tear.
"I think overall they like that because they know I'm paying attention to them, and they feel secure and safe," she said.
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- DanielLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
It scares me that the media walks on eggshells regarding Islam. Granted, it's only some Muslims who do these things, but those that do are following the strict tenants of the Quran which teaches to kill the infidels, those that will not convert. The media should stop it's PC treatment of Muslim terrorists and speak of that religion as it is.
All the predominately Muslim areas of the world are Islamic due to evangelism by way of the sword. Turkey, which was the cradle of Christianity's beginnings, is 99.8 % Muslim today due to this convert or die evangelism. Two million Armenian Christians were murdered in Turkey.
The Muslim controlled government of Sudan today has killed over a million Christians in it's quest to further the Muslim cause. And if terrorists ever get nuclear weapons they will use them to clear the land of non-Muslims, which is following it's tried and true historical method.
Islam is not a religion of peace. Jihad (holy war) is mentioned 60 times in the Koran.
Muhammad left his men with instructions to take the battle against the Christians, Persians and Jews. For the next four centuries, Muslim armies steamrolled over unsuspecting neighbors, plundering them of loot and slaves, and forcing the survivors to either convert or pay tribute at the point of a sword. The Christian crusades against Muslims were a reaction to Muslims advancing into European areas and spreading their convert or die evangelism.
At one time there were many different versions of the Koran. But one of the Caliphs destroyed all but one version and killed those that had the other versions; although we have fragments of those other versions, including a fragment that correctly says Abraham was going to sacrifice his son Isaac, instead of the current Koran which says he was going to sacrifice Ishmael.
You see, the Koran's contradictions underscores it not being inspired by God.
Christians read with surprise in Sura 19:28-29 that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a sister of Aaron. Learned men of Islam, who are aware that between Miriam, the sister of Aaron, and Miriam or Mary, the mother of Jesus there is a gap of 1500 years, try to persuade us that Mary had a brother, who also happened to be an Aaron. We reject this possibility, because she is also described as the daughter of Imram (Sura 66:12), the Amram of Exodus 6:20. He was indeed the father of Aaron, Moses and Miriam. Besides that, Jelalood Deen has stated that Mary's mother was Hannah. The one who was mentioned in 1 Samuel, chapters 1-2, and who lived about a 1000 years before her "daughter".
All this is a hopeless mix-up of historical events and no argument will convince one that in fact the Quran is right and that Christians have changed their Bibles, as in fact claimed by the Muslims.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
religion is not peace
religion is the systematic teaching of "hate everything that's different then us"